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AUGUST 23, 1907 








The members of the Old Settlers Association of Johnson 
County, Iowa, pursuant to notice, met at the cabins in the 
Fair Grounds at Iowa City, to hold their forty-first annual 

The day was a beautiful one and the attendance from the 
country was large ; the city was not as well represented as 
usual. The program was an interesting one, the address by 
Judge Remley of Jones County was very fine and it is to be 
regretted that no notes were furnished so that it could have 
been published with the proceedings. The addresses al- 
ways contain much interesting and valuable historical mat- 
ter, and should always be preserved by publication in fulL 

At noon the well loaded tables were occupied by groups 
of friends and Bruce Moore's coffee made fragrant the 
groves about the cabins. The dinner hour over the mem- 
bers gathered about the speaker's stand. After an invoca- 
tion by Rev. H. H. Fairall, Judge Remley was introduced 
and treated his hearers to a very able address. Short talks 
were given by Charles Baker and others, and letters read 
from Mrs. Wright of Illinois, Carey R. Smith and Andrew 
Beermaker of California, E. C. Haynes of Montana, A. 0. 
Price and Thomas M. Irish of Iowa. 

A ghost story of early times was read by Matthew Cava- 


Forty -first Annual Meeting of the 

nagli. The necrological report for the year was presented 
by Mrs. G. E. Irish of the committee, after which the mem- 
bers proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing 
year. Charles Baker was elected President; G. E. Hall, 
Esqr., Vice-President; Henry Wieneke, Treasurer; and G. 
E. Irish, Secretary. Of all the meetings of the association 
that of 1907 brought together the greatest number of old 

Mrs. Margaret Tucker, aged 90, and Mrs. Mary Eitter, 
aged 90, were there to divide the honors of age with Fred- 
erick Hempstead, aged 94; F. X. Eittenmeyer, aged 92, C. 
D. Bent, aged 90, Jesse K. Strawbridge, aged 89, Mrs. Hen- 
rietta Adams, aged 84, Garret Lancaster, aged 84, and a 
score of others who were past their four score time. Mrs. 
Eitter was the first woman married in this county, the date 
of her marriage to Benjamin Eitter being August 17, 1838. 
In all this group of old timers spectacles and canes were 
not much in evidence. Mr. Strawbridge was the first saddle 
and harness maker in the city and county and was one of 
the founders of the Old Settlers Association. 

Mr. Hempstead grew the first peaches in Iowa City and 
the trees planted by him on three sides of block 54 for sev- 
eral years furnished the inhabitants of the city with an 
abundance of as fine fruit as was ever grown. 

Mr. Bent was an early breeder of Devon cattle and Mor- 
gan horses, and introducer of improved fruit. He built the 
first gravel wall or concrete house in the county, and for a 
time took a great interest in John Brown and his projects 
of reform and revolution. 

Mr. Eittenmeyer claimed that he had cut and sold more 
wood and hard lumber and made more stumps than any 
man in the county, and his title of *^Wood King'' was not 

Among the younger class of settlers was Miss Mary 
Hannah Ten Eick and William Dunkel, the first white girl 
and boy born in Iowa City, and although they did not 
reach the city until 1840 they are proud to know that their 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 


infant music was the first and best entertainment the citi- 
zens had enjoyed. 

The business meeting, the speaking and the dinner hav- 
ing received due attention, the pleasant afternoon was de- 
voted to visiting and story telling and as the shades of even- 
ing began to gather came the hand shaking and the good 
byes. All were pleased with the pleasant time spent at the 
forty-first annual reunion of the Old Settlers of Johnson 


Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Adams 

C. E. Clifford 

Mrs, J'GniiiG Abbot 

Earl Custer and wife 

M!iss Lily Adams 

Wm. Chalfant 

Jolin Ij. Adams 

Mrs. Cornelia Cowgill 

Mr. and Mrs. Emory Adams 

Mrs. Mary Clark 

Miss Lillian Clark 

Harry Abbott 

Mrs. Irvin Cozine 

Wm. Andrews and wife 

J. K. Corlett 

Jno. L. Adams 

Mrs. Eliza Cadwallader 

IVTrs TjpO-rnnd 'Rvino'trtn 

J. C. Cochran and wife 

C. D. Bent 

Mrs. V. Cisne 

Miss Hannah Cisne 

O A "RviTi {ytfiTi flnfl wifp 

Miss Jessie Cochran 

Geo. T. Borland 

David Dixon 

M!r. and Mrs. Geo. Banta 

L. Douglass 

David L. Borts 

T. D. Davis 

Mrs. Bessie Borts 

Milton Eemley and wife 

Mrs. E. A. Ballard 

Miss Elizabeth Irish 

Mrs. William Bowen 

G. E. Irish and wife 

W. H. Buchanan 

Jane T. Irish 

Mrs. M. J. Burge 

Mrs. H. H. Jones 

E. M. Brown 

John Jacobs 

Mrs. Fannie Barnes 

A. G. Kent and wife 

Mrs, Hannah Boerschel 

G. W. Koontz and wife 

A. W. Beuter 

W. A. Kettlewell and wife 

Dr. A. J. Burge 

Mrs. M. T. Kean 

Charles Boberiek 

Jos. Kessler 

Charles Baker 

Mrs. Jacob Kloos 

Mrs. — . — . Burnett 

Mrs. Lydia Kimball 

J. G. Beck 

Garrett Lancaster 

Mr. and Mrs. John Burk 

Mrs. J. Walter Lee 

Matthew Cavanagh 

Mrs. Dora Louis 

Amos N. Currier 

Mrs. W. D. Lichty 

Mrs. S. P. Cropley 

A. B. Learner 


Forty-first Annual Meeting of the 

Mrs. Mary Lawyer 

Mrs. Cora Fraeker 

Mrs. Lindeman 

Miss Lulu Fraeker 

Mrs. Martha Lee 

Robt. Graham 

Mrs. Harriett Maekey 

B. Gardner and wife 

Wm. Miller 

Mrs. Louisa Hill 

J. W. Morford and wife 

Mrs. Jno. Hastings 

Mary E. Miller 

A. Hoffman 

J. J. Metzger 

G. R. Hall 

Chas. Metzger 

Sion Hill 

Bruce Moore and wife 

Chas. Heinsius 

C. G. Moore 

R. P. Howell and wife 

H. Miller 

Ramsey Hevern 

John Mead 

D. I. Hoover and wife 

Jas. McCollister 

Miss Claire Hoover 

F. McReynolds and wife 

Geo. Hunter, Sr. 

Lulu McReynolds 

H. Hamilton and wife. 

Geo. McGruder 

S. J. Hess 

R. A. McChesney 

J. P. Hughes 

Jno. McCollister 

Lemuel Hunter and wife 

Jno. Murph}'^ 

John Hunsinger 

Ed J. Murphy 

Miss Clara Hunsinger 

Mrs. C. Otto 

Geo. Hummer and wife 

Benj, Owen 

August Helm 

Mrs. E. A. Patterson 

Mrs. T. Hohenschuh 

Wm. Pratt and wife 

Annie E, Hope 

Geo. W. Pinney 

E. H. Hope and wife 

Elias Patterson 

Chas. Hubner and wife 

Mrs. Hortense Pendleton 

Mrs. Frank Honberger 

L. D. Porch 

Miss Emma Honberger 

N. R. Parvin 

A. P. Hemingway 

Miss Cora Roessler 

Mrs. Hattie Huffman 

Mrs. Benj. Ritter 

Winfield Hughes 

J. T. Robinson 

Mrs. M. Horton 

William Dunkel 

Mrs. C. W. Irish 

Fredrick Eggenberg 

H. M. Remley 

.John Eggenberg and wife 

C. E. Robinson 

Mrs, Minnie Evans 

Richard Reeves 

Harlan Kvans 

F. X. Rittenmeyer 

Mrs, Anna Wilson Evans 

Mrs. Mary Randall 

Mr. jind Mrs. S. P. Fry 

D. A. Reese 

FHMac Fm-bish 

Mrs. i). M. Riley 

Mr. and Mrs. (Jliarlcs Francis 

Mrs. Iowa Reed 

Miss Anna Francis 

Mrs. — . — . Snow 

(t. W. Fh'ming 

Frederick Stevens 

J. M. Files 

Elias Stevens 

Mrs. Francis Freeman 

A. Stevens 

S. if. Fa i rail 

Mrs. J. Sterling 

George Fa i rail 

Frank Stackman and wife 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 


Mrs, Steve Sunier 

Miss Mary Sunier 

J. K. Strawbridge 

Wm. Sweet 

J. W. Schell 

John Stevenson 

S. K, Stevenson 

P. A. Stratton and wife 

Miss Maude Stratton 

A. E. Swisher and wife 

David Stewart 

N. W. Scales 

Miss Mary Stewart 

Mrs. H. Simpson 

Mrs. T. Tarbox 

Mrs. Margaret Tucker 

Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor 

Miss Hannah Teneiek 

Mrs. Frank Thompson 

Miss Mary VonStein 

Miss Anna VonStein 

Miss Sarah VonStein 

Mrs. J. Westcott 

Mrs. John Whetstone 

O. E. Williams 

E. P. Whitacre 

Chas. Wieder 

Henry Walker and wife 

Mrs. Jos. Walker 

Myron Walker 

Edna B. Wilson 

Mrs. John Whetstone 

Samuel Yarbrough and wife 


As a matter of interest the names of all the members of 
the Old Settlers Association are here given. The signatures 
are printed in the same order as they were written in the 
rcord, and they are given as they appear upon the books 
of the Association. 

The increase in membership has been about eighteen 
each year and the loss by death has been about fourteen 
each year. 

There are but two of the founders of the Association 
now living; they are Bryan Dennis and Jesse K. Straw- 

Silas Foster 
Edward W. Lucas 
John Porter 
Philip Clark 
James Cavanagh 
Geo. S. Hampton 
Louis S. Swafford 
J. K. Strawbridge 
George Paul 
John E. Van Fleet 

Henry Earhart 
D. Switzer 
Matthew Ten Eick 
J. W. Holt 
William Jayne 
H. W. Collins 
J. Shoup 
S. C. Trowbridge 
Chas. Cartwright 
P. D. Turner 


Forty-first Annual Meeting of the 

David B. Cox 
Samuel H. McCrory 
Sylvanus Johnson 
Henry Felkner 
Daniel Hart 
F. M. Irish 
Abel Stevens 

E. M. Adams 
H. D. Packard 
Bryan Dennis 
Chas. H. Berryhill 
George Fesler 

D. K. Shaver 
T. S. Parvin 
James E. Hartsock 
Allen Phillips 
S. J. Switzer 

F. Kimball 
Isaac Bowen 
James H. Gower 
Levi M. Phillips 
Edward Lanning 
Charles Gaymon 
John M. Anson 
O. A. Patterson 
W. N. Chalfant 
R. Hutchinson 

J. J. Mendenhall 
Jabez Stevens 
J. N. Seydel 
Green Hill 
George W. MeCleary 
Thos. Hill 
A. C. Denison 
Cyrus Sanders 
Henry N. Borry 
J. Y. Blackwell 
Garret Lancaster 
Christian Dodt 
C. C. Shaff 
Robert Walker 
R. B. Woods 
Kflgar Harrison 
William Wind rem, Jr. 
Samn(!l Mitchell 
Matthew (Javanagh 
ThornaH D. Jones 
Peter Roberts 

David Simonton 
John W. Alt 
John L. Gordon 
Aaron Cannott 
Thomas W. Butler 
N. Scales 
Jno. P. Irish 
S. J. Hess 
E. Shepard 
Wm. F. Buck 
Matthew Cochran 
Wm. Cochran 
Strawder Devault 
C. R. McCrory 
S. C. Gunsolus 
Chas. A. Vogt 
O. G. Babcock 
John E. Jayne 
Nicholas Lattig 
Peter Rohret 
A. Beermaker 
Jonas Hartman 
John Peter Von Stine 
Jas. T. Robinson 
A. L. Clark 
J. M. Douglas 
William Nelson 
J, C. Hamilton 
C. W. Irish 
N. H. Brainerd 
H. Hamilton 
Mary A. Hamilton 

G. R. Irish 
S. Magill 

A. E. Swisher 

H. S. Fairall 

G. W. Kettlewell 
Wcnsel Hummer 
John Sueppel 
J. J. AVeber 
Mary Weber 
Thomas Carson 
Mrs. M. P. Carson 
O. Startsman 
Fanny O. Startsman 
Mrs. P. C. Ady 
W. E. C. Foster 
Zachariah Smith 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 

G. W. Nelson 
Geo. T. Borland 
L. B. Patterson 
A. L. Clark 
Ed. Craig 

E. A. Brown 
Henry Wieneke 
C. Pratt 

A. W. Pratt 
W. P. TenEiek 
N. W. Scales 
W. H. Taylor 
Levi Eobinson 
A. Hemsworth 
Emory Westcott 
John Glenn 

C. C. Miller 
Benj. Eitter 

D. M. Dixon 

F. C. Dooley 
Ezra Thompson 
W. D. Cannon 

G. F. Fletcher 
G. K. Corlett 
A. Westcott 

Mary Parrott Westcott 
Thomas Graham 
Milton Eemley 
Geo. W. Ball 

E. B. Sanders 
Jacob Y. Stover 
J. C. Shrader 
Euclid Sanders 
G, W. Marquardt 
J. Eanshaw 
Mrs. N. Scales 
P. Tanner 
Peter Eohret 
Geo. Ulch 

N. M. Cartwright 
Geo. Hummer 
Nathaniel Crow 
Matthias Albright 
M. J. Pendleton 
Jas. B. Strang 
J. W. O'Brien 
Mrs. Annie Hope 

Mrs. S. A. Smith 
J. H. Thompson 
T. W. Townsend 
Mrs. T. W. Townsend 
Samuel P. Fry 
John Fry 
Bruce Patterson 
Wm. P. Fry 
M. A. Humphrey 

F. A. Parrott 
Titus E. Fry 
J. E. Heath 
Jacob Eicord 
Jacob Eicker 
Milton Lewis 
Luther F. Lee 
Geo. W. Loan 
J. H. Alt 

W. W. Fairall 
Elias Patterson 
Daniel Corlett 
E. B. Moore 
K. A. Powell 
Wm. F. Smith 

G. W. Dodder 

J. H. Whetstone 
A. C. Hinman 
E. Tudor 
C. L. Mozier 
Henry Erhart 
Calvin S. Moore 
Samuel H. Fairall 
John Hartsock 
Eobert Eoup 
Thomas Brubaker 
Larimer Douglas 
Mary Douglas 
W. F. Murphy 
A. H. Statler 
Eolla Johnson 
P. Greer 
Jacob C. Switzer 

E. H. Wray 
Jno. T, Jones 
J. C. Cochran 

F. X. Eittenmeyer 
Peter Louis 


Forty-first Annual Meeting of the 

Mrs. P. Louis 

Ed. Worden 

Geo. Pickering 

S. B. Myers 

\ 1 f A -r-r- ill n 

Wm. A. Kettlewell 

John M. Brown 

N. Dalschied 

Thomas Crozier 

Emanuel Hess 

Eugene A. Lee 

Alex J. Eider 

Zenas Grout 

Max Otto 

Moses Adams 

C. C. Hull 

J. W. Butler 

Emil Boerner 

J. Walter Lee 

Vj. M. L/aiKin 

Philip Brandstatter 

\je. ±1. jr^acKara 

-K. Jr. Jones 

J. -B. owaiiora 

E. Carrol 

Julia o. bwanora 

J . iVi. ± lies 

±5. b. Holmes 

E. H. Detwiler 

J. D, Hill 

J. W. bterlmg 

Geo. Magruder 

Lt. xtunaen 

Zj. \j. JLuse 

Jacob Itees 

M. Hollingsworth 

Geo. A. Hitchcock 

J onn u . iviiiier 

R. 0. Spencer 

1. x>. AJim 

P. A. Alderman 

R. A. McChesney 

JLi. Hj. l^urtis 

U. A. Joyington 

John Hope 

iv. JdempniJl 

J. T. Struble 

Alary vj, ooiciren 

L. bhepard 

Susan Lucas Smith 

J. J. Shepardson 

TT TXT Xif>.r\in-r\r\f 

ri. w. xsoerner 

P. J. Epeneter 

James Chamberlin 

Geo. W. Osburne 

J. W. Hart 

Chas. McCollister 

Sylvester Coe 

J. J. JNovak 

.Tames Magruder 

Moses Bloom 

cj. U. racker 

Mrs. Timothy Fairchild 

Cora Bobbins Fracker 

W. V. Orr 

Lr. w. ivoontz 

E. M. Stevens 

.T. M. Adams 

C. J. Hutchinson 

I/, r . Kopssjor 

A. Meuowell 

wm. Wolio 

G. F. Miller 

Sylvanug Johnson 

TTT___ TT^ 1 

Wm. Hanke 

•John A. Saunders 

Samuel Calvin 

David Borts 

W. H. Buchanan 

Wm. .J, i>ow(!n 

Henry Bick 

w. .J. jJavis 

W. Emonds 

Matthics Keppler 

Wm. Andrews 

J\. w. ooutcr 

Richard Long 

Michael Paulus 

P. J. Horak 

Isaac W. Graham 

Will P. Hohcnschuh 

Tf. H. Kerr 

D. S. Barber 

J. F. Wentz 

Chas. Baker 

S. J. Kirkwood 

A. W. Leonard 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson Coun 

A. B. Ten Eick 
John L. Adams 
John Tantlinger 
P. M. Connelly 
M. M. Connelly 
J. P. Coulter 
Jesse E. Wise 
Martin Birrer 
Geo. J. Peppel 
S. H. Thompson 
Mrs, Jesse Berry 
E. Cohiek 
Mrs. Luther Lee 
W. W. Smith 
Herman Euppin 
Zaccheus Seeman 
Adam Oill 
Benj. Owen 
Frank Schneider 
Samuel Sharpless 
Wm. E. Pratt 
Geo. Schlenk 
Jonathan Ham 
Jos. C. Stouffer 
Geo. Hunter 
E. J. Ballulf 
Jos. J. Hervert 
J. N. Coldren 
Samuel Hinkley 
John Milton Seydel 
Nancy Seydel 
Nathan Owens 
Abel Beach 
C. H. Kimball 
Geo. W. Bale 
Chas. F. Hubner 
Eobt. Smith 

E. P. Whitacre 
Samuel Weldy 
A. C. McCune 
C. Klein 

F. Youngling 
Moreau Carroll 
T. E. Davis 
Dennis Hogan 
Wm. Hunt 
Melvin Smith 
Philip Miller 

Fred Kruger 
Mrs. G. E. Irish 

C. E. Clifford 
Austin Cole 
David Stewart 
W. P. Buck 
Ben Price 

Ada L. Hershire 
Philo Colony 
E. Abrams 
Azariah Pinney 
Aaron Choate 
Joe A. Edwards 
Emma L. Edwards 
Geo. W. Pinney 
Wm. P. Wilson 
Lovell Swisher 
John Smiley 
Albert J. Shepard 
Henry Walker, Jr. 
E. E. Barnes 
Joseph Walker Jr. 
Henry Springmire 
J. H. Jayne 
Jos. Dennison 
Isaac Furbish 
S. E. Yarbrough 
L. W. Miller 
J. M. Howell 
Virgil Hartsock 
Martin Smith 
N. B. Eichey 
Sion Hill 
M. B. Cochran 
T. J. Cox 
Lem Hunter 
Andrew Fountain 

D. W. Wray 
Emsley Fountain 
Jas. Donahue 
Wm. Albright 
Timothy Fairchild 
John A. Burke 
Celesta Burke 
Thesba Tarbox 
Samuel Cozine 

P. C. Clifford 
James McKray 

12 Forty -first Annual Meeting of the 

Geo. E. Hall 

G. W. Printz 

Edna Brown Wilson 

W. H. Cotter 

J. W. Schell 

J. A. Fry 

A. W. Graham 

J. S. Wilson 

Eobt. Denton 

E. F. Bowman 

Isaac S. Weeber 

Michael Miltner 

Thos. M. Irish 

J. M. Leighty 

J. B. Schofield 

J. P. Orcu-tt 

B. Shimek 

James Luscombe 

Amos N. Currier 

Mary Spurrier Kenderdine 

A. B. Cree 

Joseph Berchenbriter 

F. J. Eittenmeyer 

John E. Smith 

M. Cavanagh 

John A. Beck 

Isaac B. Lee 

S. H. Greely 

Lester S. Pinney 

John Green 

Urban T. Lodge 

Wm. E. Cupp 

D. F. Eosenkrantz 

Ellen Langenberg 

William A. Boon 

Edward Breese 

Frank X. B. Geiger 

E. L. Grain 

J. S. Mahana 

John McLaughlin 

J. E. Adams 

P. J. Eegan 

M. A. B. W. Seydel 

Jacob Kramer 

Eobert Shellady 

W. P. Coast 

A. I. Brown 

M. E. Coast 

F. M. McEeynolds 

Geo. Beck 

D. A. Dewey 

James G. Hill 

A. H. Brown 

Wm. Clair 

D. K. Shaver 

E. W. Fenton 

J. B. Brown 

Hiram Toma 

J. J. Miller 

John A. Goetz 

J. M. Hojffman 

F. C. Greer 

Ed. L. Crowley 

F. Devault 

John G. Crow 

W. M. Douglas 

David Hoover 

Jacob H. Fisher 

James H. McClellan 

E. A. Keene 

E. H. Peffer 

E. E. Evans 

E. Lumbard 

C. E. Eobinson 

Mrs. Sarah Lumbard 

A. L. Moreland 

L. A. Allen 

Michael Brierton 

Mrs. L. A. Allen 

S. C. Jones 

J. H. Poland 

S. J. Baker 

Mrs. J. H Poland 

A. D. Mordoff 

Geo. A. Shellady 

Ira E. Tulloss 

T. C. Joslyn 

Eugene Hart 

J. J. Marncr 

Frank Johnson 

G. H. I'roston 

Ira J. Alder 

John W. Morford 

Philip E. Shaver 

Alonzo Brown 

S. A. Swisher 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 

Geo. Jones 

J. W. O'Brien 

Alfred Ohl 

P. W. Hemsted 

M. H. Cochran 

J. L. Packard 

A. E. Cherry 

C. A. Lucas 

N. Oaks 

Eneas M. Donnell 

Wm. T. Kelso 

J. W. Eich 

Hannah A. Ohl 

D. F. Sawyer 

Mary Humphreys 

J. E. Smith 

Martin Burge 

E. P. Howell 

Mary J. Burge 

Caroline M. Eiley 

Joseph Tubb 

D. E. Thomas 

Clara E. Tubb 

Jos. Hradek 

Carrie Clement 

Prank Neuzil 

Mary Berry 

J. W. Packler 

Jno G, Lindsay 

J. H. Cray 

Mrs. Jno. G. Lindsay 

Mrs. Geo. Hunter 

Mrs. Sarah B. Cropley 

M. V. Butler 

Mrs. Sarah Tippenhaur 

W. S. Thomas 

Jas. Aldous 

J. W. McGinnis 

D. Eummelhart 

S. D. Green 

Aaron Andrew 

P. S. Maynard 

Ulrich Niffennegger ■ 

M. Einig 

T. W. Eogers 

John Scheetz 

S. A. Shellady 

Nick Sheetz 

A. B. Westeott 

A. E. Hedges 

John W. Jacobs ; 

Chas. Prancis 

E. P. Brockway 

Mary E. Lowman 

M. S. Shircliff 

Albert Pohler 

J. Norwood Clark 

John P. Hughes 

J. E. Jayne ! 

D. Maher 

Eobt. Spear 

Mrs. D. Maher 

Philip Bruce Moore 

John Petsel 

O. M. Holton 

Henry Gill 

Jas. P. Von Stine 

Earl Custer 

D. H. Hastings 

Frank Stackman 

John L. Mueller 

Mary M. Ward 

Jno. Springer 

Mrs. A. P. Adams 

J. L. Plum 

W. J. Dunkel 

G. W. Flemmings 

C. D. Lindsley 

J. C. Wilson 

0. C. Hill 

Prank B. Volkringer 

Sarah Wilson 

Harry Gaymon 

Adam Borschel 

W. H. Miller 

A. H. Emery 

Adam H. Mueller 

Albert Miller 

W. Hughes 

Eev. A. Schwimley 

A. E. Page 

Joseph E. Switzer 

O. Andrews 

D. Witt Clinton 

Wm. H. Packler 

G. W. Swords 

14 Forty-first Annual Meeting of the 

p. J. stable 

Joseph Michael 

Anthony Stable 

F. M. Danner 

C. H. Stable 

F. L. Lewis 

S. N. Fellows 

J. W. McKray 

Wm. J. Felkner 

M. W. Cook 

Joseph J. Lee 

Jacob Fesler 

B. H. Eobertson 

W. A. J. Hill 

Mary M. Eandall 

Matbias Leibold 

D. A. Eeese 

Michael Mclnnery 

J. R. Hughes 

W. H. Stuart 

J. G. Marner 

Joseph Welch 

F. M. Fry 

Mrs. Albert Miller 

Chris. Senner 

M. K. Wolfe 

John Eggeuberg 

Mary E. Wolfe 

Dr. A. J. Burge 

N. W. Scales 

G. A. Deal 

Margaret Lee 

A. A. Rossler 

D. Jayne 

C. P. Eobinson 

A. G. Kent 

E. A. Hunter 

E. M. Eossler 

David W. Jones 

M. C. Von Stine 

Stephen Jacobs 

J. A. Klump 

Jane Kirkwood 

Lizzie Klump 

L. C. Jewett 

Sophia Stover 

August Hasselhorst 

Jacob G. Stover 

E. A. Ballard 

Mary S. Hitt 

Steph. Bradley 

Elizabeth Irish 

L. H, Langenberg 

W. D. Berryhill 

Finetta Schley 

Fred Eggenberg 

Naomi e Workman 

Minnie Evans 

John Dohrer 

Conrad Hormel 

Mary A. Miller Wbisler 

W. R. Hart 

John A, Eenholtz 

Mrs. N. R. Hart 

A. A. Rarick 

W. D. Lichty 

J. J. Eenholtz 

Mrs. W. D. Lichty 

Nicholas Jacobs 

Thos. A. Coglan 

John J. Englert 

S. 'E. Pate 

F. A. Westenhaver 

J. C. Cochran 

J. Fowle 

Mrs. J. C. Cochran 

George Williams 

T. L. Hazard 

M. J. O'Brien 

John W. Sueppel 

Evan Williams 

L. E. Grout 

J. P. Cakes 

Elizabeth S. Grout 

Ann E. Eyerson 

Richard Reeves 

Martha J. Jiowman 

(yharles Boberick 

Ellen Bowman 

(Jharlos Wieder 

Asa D. StilcH 

B. W. (Jardner 

Pilvina StileH 

E. M. Brown 

Charles W. lloinsius 

Mrs. Jennie Abbott 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 


li. M. Hastings 

John Huntzinger 

G. A. Benner 

O. E. Williams 

Lydia Adams Hemingway 

E. L. Thomas 

Col. E. L. Hoxie 

Walter I. Pratt 

A. J. Hertz 
Mrs, Sarah E. Hertz 
P. A. Korab 
Fannie White Barnes 
W. D, Cannon, Jr. 
Wilhelmina Horton 
E. L. Dunlap 
J. C. Hedges, Jr. 

Aledo, Illinois, August 19, 1907. 

Me. G. R. Ieish, 

Iowa City , Iowa. 
Mr. Irish, Dear Sir — 

Your invitation to the annual meeting of Johnson 
County's Old Settlers was received some days ago and for 
which courtesy I thank you for self and family, and as it 
will not be possible for me to be present to enjoy with oth- 
ers the pleasures of the day, I will comply with your re- 
quest and send my sentiments. 

When I think of those whom I knew when Iowa City was 
my home I am constrained to believe that were I in the city 
now I would verily be an old settler. Old ! why I am not old. 
the fact that I left the city of my birth forty-five years ago 
I surely might be classed with the old settlers of Johnson 

My memory takes me back to my childhood days and 
the most of the men and women are gone — the pioneers of 
the then west — the names of Governor Lucas, L. P. Frost, 
George Hampton, John Powell, Rob't Hutchinson, Drs. Wil- 
liam Murray, William Reynolds and Samuel Ballard, Judge 
Parvin, Col. Trowbridge, Matthew Teneick, John Parrott, 
Capt. Irish and many more besides. 

Those who have passed more recently, Joshua Ady and 
L. S. Swatford, are all gone and the few who are left are 
young today in the reunion and pleasure derived from inter- 
change of thought that never fails to remind each one of 


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some happenings of the early settlement in their new home 
in the west. In imagination I hear their laugh as some 
pleasing story is told of what this one or that one had said 
or done. Times have changed since then. Then everybody 
knew everybody else and in expressing their hospitality 
said *^Our latch string is always out.'' Then children were 
taught to respect their elders and grandfather or grand- 
mother had the best chair and the more choice place in the 
room for, in those days, grand parents were made welcome 
to sit with the family. 

Now they are crowded off by themselves because Mary 
thinks they are too old fogy for anything, and so queer, 
that she is really ashamed to have grandpa or grandmother 
in the room for fear they will say something to her young 
company. Young people, if you are here today take this 
timely warning to yourselves, a few more years at best and 
these aged ones will have passed away and the time for 
recriminations will have come and when too late, you will 
remember what sacrifices these loved ones have made for 
you, that your young lives might not be surrounded with 
the hardships with which they struggled in their youth. 
Today take every dear old father or mother by the hand 
and wish them bright and happy returns of this day and 
see their faces light up with the pleasure they feel to be 
remembered. Young people, will you not do this for me in 
my absence whether you know them personally or not and, 
if you are not in the habit of recognizing these old people 
when you usually meet them, you will be surprised how 
much pleasure you will derive from so small an act of 

"Do not savo tlio loving speeches 
For your friends till they are dead; 

Do not write them on their tombstones 
Speak them rather now, instead." 

Dear friends I hope you may enjoy this day and many 
more such days before you are called to meet loved ones 
who have passed within the gates that never swing outward 

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and, in closing, I extend to you my very best wishes for 
your enjoyment and happiness and my hand in fellowship 
of the appreciation of the Old Settlers of Johnson County, 
and in your hearts, at least, repeat with me this beautiful 

''The Lord bless thee and keep thee; 
The Lord make His face to shine 

Upon thee and be graeeous unto thee; 
The Lord lift up His countenance 
Upon thee and give thee Peace." 

Numbers 6: 24, 25, 26. 

Very cordially yours, 
Mrs. Virginia E. Hanby Wright. 

Santa Ana, Cal., Aug. 15, 1907. 
Old Settlers of Johnson Co. 

Dear Friends: 

It would afford my wife and I great pleasure to ac- 
cept your kind invitation. We have spent 23 years in this 
beautiful valley, with the grand mountains on the one side 
and the mighty Pacific Ocean on the other. We have en- 
joyed, to the full, the balmy air of perpetual spring, the 
fruit, the flowers, the song birds ; but all these have not ef- 
faced the memories of the forty years home in Iowa City. 

Fortunately, for me, the pleasant memories of those 
early days were most deeply impressed. The thought of the 
Iowa river, recalls good fishing, hunting, swimming, canoe 
paddling and skating. How lavishly nature provided for 
our needs in those early days. We have strawberries every 
month in the year; but they do not go to the spot as did 
those wild ones that grew in such profusion when a boy. 
The wild grapes, plums, haws, how good they tasted. Could 
the vegetarian have declined the venison, the prairie chick- 
ens, the quail — all so abundant in those early days. I would 
not dare tell, to this generation, of the fishing we had at 
TerrePs dam. Nor do I forget the walnuts, butternuts, hick- 
ory nuts and hazelnuts, we gathered in such abundance. 


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But I must stop ; these memories would fill a volume. Mrs. 
Smith writes with me in kind greetings and best wishes to 
you all. What a pleasure it would be to take you each by 
the hand and look into your dear faces. 

Most cordially, 
Cabey R. Smith and Wife. 

Miles City, Mont., Aug. 20, 1907. 


loiva City. 
Dear Sir: — 

Your kind invitation to the Old Settlers Meeting has 
been received. I assure you it would be a pleasure for me 
to meet many of my old friends and acquaintances. It is 
more than twenty years since I visited Iowa City. We have 
an Old Settlers ^ Organization here of which I am a member. 
I wish 3^ou could come to our part of the world and see what 
it looks like today. I believe you was in Montana in the 
early sixties, were you not? Come to Miles City next sum- 
mer and we will take a trip to the park. 

E. C. Haynes. 

Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 18, 1907. 
Mr. G. R. Irish, Sec'y Old Settlers Association, 

loiva City. 
Dear Sir: — 

Your kind invitation to attend the Annual Meeting 
of the Old Settlers of Jo 1 in son County is at hand. 

I sincerely regret that it will be impossible for me to 
avail myself of your kind invitation. 

It is forty years since I ceased to be a resident of John- 
son County but time lias in no way diminished my love for 
tlie old home, nor lias it lessened my regard for the host of 
pioneers and their children who have so well wrought for 
nil that makes for the prosperity and well being of the 

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I congratulate the Old Settlers of Johnson County for 
their spirit of solidarity as evidenced in their maintenance 
of so fine an organization, and I wish them, one and all, the 
blessings of health and contentment, with the prosperity 
that must follow honest labor. 

Very sincerely^, 

Thos. M. Irish. 
San Jose, Cal., August 21, 1907. 

G. R. Ieish, Sec. 
Dear Sir: — 

Your invitation to attend the Annual Meeting of the 
Old Settlers came too late. It went astray. It went to the 
south part of the state as a good many of my letters do from 
the east. It seems our P. 0. department don't know of any 
other part of the state as a good many others go wrong but 
mistakes will happen in the best of families. It ail is 0. K. 
anyhow as I could not be with you. I may see you late in 
the fall. Yours truly, 

A. Beekmaker. 
Geiistnell, Iowa, Aug. 22, 1907. 

G. R. Irish, Sec. 

And Greeting to all Old Settlers and 

friends of Johnson County. 
Over fifty years since Iowa soil and friends bade me 
welcome — and all these years have been kindly — lasting 
friendships formed and the spirit of helpfulness ever mani- 
fest. Thanking you all for the always kind remembrance, 
and regretting not being present with you, I am. 

Fraternally yours, 

A. 0. Price. 


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It may seem out of place to tell a ghost story at the Old 
Settlers' reunion, but as many of them have attained an 
age from which they look back more and more into the past 
and largely live in remembrances of the by-gone, it is 
thought that a true ghost story, where the ghost appeared 
to three young men at Iowa City more than a half a century 
ago, might not be entirely out of place, as two of them are 
living and known to many of you. 

These young men were not out of their teens, but the 
two who now survive have attained to more than three 
score and ten years. It is proper to say in behalf of these 
young men — who were badly scared — that nearly all peo- 
ple have in their ^^ounger years listened with wide open 
eyes and bated breath, to some horrifying tale of a ghost, 
if they had not actually seen one themselves. 

"While a ghost has never been known to commit any act 
of violence or do any physical harm to any one, yet the 
fear of these weird apparitions in the minds of the young 
is almost universal and often extends to their more ma- 
ture years. 

When Madam DeStael at the height of her brilliant 
career was asked if she believed in ghosts, she replied, ^^No ! 
but I am afraid of 'em." 

This much by the way of introduction, now for the 
story, which you are assured is a true story, that the actors 
in the scene were real and not imaginary people, that the 
occurrences were genuine and actually took place at the 
time and place and under the circumstances narrated to 

In tb(i winter of 1848, three young men some seventeen 
or eigiit(ien years of age, the sons of three pioneer families, 
(;arae to Towa Clity, one from Linn (bounty and two from the 
north p;irt of Jolinson (.ounty, to avail themselves of the 
siif)eri()r advantages afforded here even at that earlj^ day 
for education. These young men were ambitious, and it is 

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suspicioned thought themselves possessed of more than or- 
dinary natural abilities which they were anxious to supple- 
ment by education ; in fact, it is more than suspicioned that 
at that time they had visions of coming distinction in after 
years, when they would become prominent actors in public 
affairs, and by the suffrages of their fellow citizens be 
placed in positions of official trust, perhaps in legislative 
halls, in the Congress of the United States, maybe, where 
on the occasion of some great public measure being under 
discussion, grave senators would listen to them with closest 
attention, and crowded galleries of the beauty and elite of 
the land would hang spell-bound and enraptured under the 
magic charm of the eloquence that would fall from their 
impassioned lips; but be this as it may they were at least 
ambitious to qualify themselves to creditably discharge 
their duties as American citizens. 

They were more or less conversant with the history of 
their country, and of general history, and were particularly 
enamored of great military exploits, like that of Washing- 
ton at Georgetown, Jackson at New Orleans, Napoleon at 
the bridge of Lodi, the Greeks at Marathon, the Spartans 
at Thermopylae and the like. 

When our war with Mexico came on they read with con- 
suming avidity the newspaper accounts of the battles of 
Palo Alto, Eeseca de la Palma, Monterey and Buena Vista, 
and of the storming of the heights of Chapultepec and 
Cherubusco and the taking of the City of Mexico and la- 
mented with inconsolable regret that the fates had been so 
unkind to them as not to have delayed that war until they 
were old enough to have participated in its grand achieve- 

In fact this redoubtable trio of young men believed them- 
selves capable of intrepidly facing the booming cannon's 
hostile destruction on the field of martial glory. But this 
valorous trinity were doomed soon to have an opportunity 
to display the courage that each thought he possessed and 
we shall see how they behaved themselves when the test 


Forty-first Annual Meeting of the 

As before stated these young men came to Iowa City to 
avail themselves of tlie training afforded here in the schools 
presided over by those lamented pioneer pedagogues, the 
Hon. Henry W. Lathrop and Dr. Wm. Reynolds whose 
reputations as teachers were coextensive with the terri- 
torial limits of growing and rapidly developing Iowa. They 
secured board with an estimable family of the name of Tut- 
tle, consisting of the mother, who was a widow, two daugh- 
ters, Wealthy and Aurelia, the former a teacher, the lat- 
ter assistant of her mother in the duties of the household, 
and a son, John, a bright and studious boy some twelve 
years of age. The home of this family and the scene of the 
occurrence herein narrated was at the corner of" Washing- 
ton and Linn streets in Iowa City directly across the street 
from the lot on which the Post Office building stands. The 
house fronted west with the door opening directly on to the 
street, to the east a door led to the dining room and kitchen, 
and from the southeast corner of this front room a door led 
to some sleeping apartments. 

The front room was a spacious one for the time, with a 
high ceiling and was assigned to the three young men for 
a study room. 

On a cold bleak night in February, near the close of the 
term of school at which the three young men were enrolled 
as students they were busy preparing the lessons for the 
next day. The hour was late — somewhere about eleven 
o^clock. Mrs. Tuttle and the daughter had finished their 
Jiouseliold work for the day, had made preparation for 
breakfast on the morrow, and had come into the front room 
as was til el r custom to do some darning or mending and to 
await the retirement of the three young men. 

An ominous silence ])ervaded the room only broken by 
the moaning of the wind and dismal howling of the blast 
without, when suddenly and startlingly came a muffled but 
distinctly audible and jarring rap at the front door. Mrs. 
Tutthi with surprise and fright in her tone and manner ex- 
chiimed under her breath, **Why, I wonder who could be 

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comiDg here this late hour, Aurelia please go to the door and 
see what is wanted/' addressing the daughter who obeyed 
with some hesitation and apparent apprehension went and 
cautiously opened the door, gave a piercing scream and 
precipitately fled through the east door quickly followed by 
her mother. Here then glided, or noiselessly iSoated into 
the room, a most unearthly looking object about seven feet 
tall clad in vestments of sepulchral white. Three valiant 
young men — not so valiant now — staggered to their feet as 
quickly as their almost paralyzed condition would allow 
and one of them made a break for the door through which 
the landlady and her daughter had fled, but on reaching it 
found it closed, and after trying in vain in his trepidation 
and alarm to open it, and as the ghost was now approaching 
him in its leisurely and spookish manner back to a corner, 
raised a chair over his head and exclaimed in a strident 
threatening voice, ''If you come another inch I'll break ev- 
ery bone in your heart. ' ' This young man evidently thought 
that ghosts have tangible material essence but that they 
have bones in their hearts as his dire incongruous threat 
implied seems strange. It must be admitted that neither of 
the other two young men noticed this grotesque solecism 
of speech, for their alertness of observation was too much 
benumbed by their own fright to take cognizance of it, and 
it would probably never have been known beyond the young 
man making it, had he not afterwards confidingly commu- 
nicated it to the other two, whose silence in relation to it, 
was particularly enjoined. But this injunction by lapse of 
time is now barred by the statute of limitations, as the 
lawyers say, and is now made public for the first time. 

When this terrible threat was made to the ghost by the 
belligerent one of the terrified trio, it quietly and decorously 
turned its attention to one of the other two, who with shak- 
ing knees and blanched face dodged first one way and then 
the other keeping the stove and stove pipe between him 
and his ghostship, but said nothing, for in his fright he had 
passed beyond the power of speech. 


Forty -first Annual Meeting of the 

Finally this visitant from the unknown world of spooks 
and goblins turned its attention to the third young man, 
who had not attempted to flee, but had simply arisen from 
his seat and remained standing looking on with fascinated 
but indescribable horror, at what might be and probably 
was as he thought, a spiritual entity endued with power to 
be here one moment and in the remotest star the next, and 
able to defy and laugh — if ghosts ever laugh — at such phys- 
ical impediments as walls, locks and iron bars; hence, 
while this young man was no braver than the other two, he 
thought it useless to attempt to run from the apparition, 
and so when it approached him with its ghostly salutations 
he remained standing where he had arisen. He had been 
solving some examples in arithmetic on a slate, and when 
he arose to his feet in deference — or otherwise — to this 
weird and unwelcome visitant, he did so with the slate in 
his hand, and when his ghost ship came sufficiently near to 
him swung his slate around — not as a hostile demonstra- 
tion. Oh ! by no means — but to ascertain whether the spec- 
tre was substance or shadow, fully expecting that the slate 
would meet no obstruction in its swing but to his surprise 
it came in contact with a veritable material substance, and 
from the impact, dropped from his nerveless grasp to the 
floor and was broken. The upper half of the ghost also fell 
to the floor and the lower half was revealed in the person 
of John Tuttle with his gleeful shout of delight. 

The mystery was solved, the denouement was sudden 
and the mental transition of the three young men from 
horrified fright to shamed humiliation was instantaneous. 
Their hearts almost ceased to beat and they were nearly 
in a state of physical collapse. 

When they recovered in a measure their normal, mental 
and physical condition, it dawned upon them that they had 
been the victims of a horrible conspiracy, participated in 
by the landlady and her family, and the young man who 
was going to do such unheard of violence to the ghost, and 
had made the terrible threat that he would break every 


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bone in its heart, was loud in his denunciation of the foul 
conspiracy and when the landlady and her daughter ap- 
peared on the scene convulsed with merriment, exclaimed 
at the top of his ringing voice, ' ' Oh, Mrs. Tuttle, this is too 
bad.'' The other two victims were speechless in their hu- 
miliation, but smiled faint, sickly, ghastly — not ghostly — ■ 

Of these, at the time very young men, the one from 
Linn County and who dodged the ghost behind the stove- 
pipe has long since shuffled off this mortal coil,'' while 
the other two are still living, but at an age far beyond Dr, 
Osler's limit of business activity and usefulness, or suc- 
cessful enterprise and initiative. The one who threatened 
the ghost became a prominent citizen of Johnson County 
and was at one time a member of the Board of Supervisors, 
but is now a citizen and fruit grower of Missouri. The 
third victim is a citizen of Johnson County and known to 
many of you, as is the citizen of Missouri. 

The names of those who are living cannot be given but 
the name of the deceased one was Eobert Holman, who was 
a young man of high character and aspirations, and was a 
near relative of a distinguished politician and member of 
Congress from Indiana of that name. 

While the names of the other two who are living cannot 
be given there is no law to prevent you from exercising the 
Yankee privilege of guessing them. 

Mathew Cavanagh. 


At a meeting of the Old Settlers Association on March 
24, 1883, on the motion of H. W. Lathrop the President ap- 
pointed a Memorial Committee to prepare biographical 
sketches of deceased members. Charles W. Irish, Henry W. 
Lathrop and David B. Cox, were selected as the committee. 


Forty- first Annual Meeting of the 

No report was made by them. Several years later the Ne- 
crological Committee was formed and was directed to pre- 
pare a list of the Old Settlers who have died during the 
year and report the same at each annual meeting. In ful- 
fillment of that duty the committee have prepared a list of 
the dead since August 14, 1906, to the present time. In the 
long list will be found the names of many of the earliest 
settlers of the county: James McKray, Strawder Devault, 
Austin Cole, Matilda Watts, Abraham Owen and William 
Fry were real pioneers. William Marshall, J. J. Dietz, H. 
W.* Boerner, W. D. Berryhill, C. L. Mozier, Oliver Starts- 
man, D. W. Clapp and H. C. Wisner will be remembered as 
prominent merchants in the long ago. Rev. William Emonds 
and Rev. S. M. Osmond and Dr. John C. Shrader, for long 
years among the most widely known citizens of the county, 
are now numbered with those whose memory we cherish as 
we record the names of the dead of 1907. 

August, 1906. 

Mrs. J. D. Hill 

J. J. Dietz 

Mrs. Noah Peterslieini 

Jacob Prance 

William C.'urtis 

82 Ed McDonald 

77 George Wroe 

64 Mrs. Elizabeth Clark 

30 C. W. Fisher 



William Marshall . . . 

KoHs Westcott 

Peter Long 

.Tohn Cash 

Mr«. W. .1. Mullin . . . 
Amos Smith Moreland 

September, 1906. 

82 Mrs. Elizabeth Myers 


27 Mrs. Annie Lang 
85 C'harlos Anciaux , 

Patrick Donahoe 

73 Arthur Killmeyer 
66 Mrs. Peter Hiney 

OCTOBI^R, 1906. 

Mrs. Lou visa Wood . , 
David ('ollins 
Mrs. Dan Mah(-r 
Miss Nettie Patterson 
MIhs Mamie Holubar . , 
Mrs. Rebecca J. Seydcl 
David D. Fiekcs 

69 William Pry 

Miss Josephine liummelhart 

Pobert Stewart 

Miss Klla Johnson 



.'58 John Zacharch 


74 Dr. .Jno. C. Shrader 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 

November, 1906. 

John Shea 74 

Fritz Meyer 55 

Frank Hess 27 

Mrs. Kate B. Eobinson 

Thomas Mara 43 

Mrs. Andrew Beermaker 

Miss Mary S. Welch 53 

Fred W. Fuhrmeister 

John Moran 70 

Strawder DeVault 

Miss Amy Cavanagh . . 
Mrs, Ben Rohret 

Ed. Crowley 

Dennis Murphy 

Miss Nellie Ewing 
Mrs. Elizabeth Earhart 
Harvey J. Fuhrmeister 
Rev. Wm. Emonds . . . 

December, 1906. 

Mrs. Charles Gebhardt 86 

Patrick Hogan 81 

Mrs. Mary Black 74 

Mrs. John Baldwin 45 

Mrs. Ella F. Mannah 41 

Miss Lulu Brown 

Mrs. Richard Hennessy 49 

Mrs. Mary Rebal 74 

Mrs. Barbara Biebesheimer 
John C. Rutan 

eTacob Koenigheim 

H. W. Boerner 

Henry C. Wisner 

Mrs. B. C. Huffman 
Mrs. W. J. Welch 
V. I. Willis 

January, 1907. 

Garrett V. Wright 

John Tantlinger 73 

Henry Enk 84 

Mrs. Catherine Petrue 85 

Mrs. G. H. Shetler 

Mrs. Anna Grabien 60 

Hiram Heath 70 

Lydia McDonald 

Mrs. Ursula Katzenmeyer 75 

Avery J. Bond 80 

Wm. W^. Evans 
Mrs. Vincent Gross . 
Mrs. Julia C. Bick . , 
Mrs. Margaret Cahill 

Mrs. Cline 

Peter Flood 

George Wieder 

.Jacob Cipera 

William Marvin 

February, 1907. 

Charles DeWitt Clapp 52 

Wm. Work 72 

Mrs. Stephen Brennan 

Mrs. Harriett N. Porter 86 

John Gerlitz 89 

Mrs. Huston 

J. Walter Lee 64 

James Grady 82 

Mrs. Anna Beranek 93 

Miss Josephine I. Krofta 27 

J. C. Wilson 69 

Frank H. Geiger 42 

Capt. C. A. Lucas . . , , 
Catherine Hamilik . . 

Calvin Curtis 

Millard D. Hess 

Mrs. Mary Warren . . , 
Mrs. Mary E. Tidd . . , 
Col. Wm. E. Small . . , 
Timothy Bradley . . . , 
Mrs. Wm. Trump . . , . 
Mrs. Thomas E. Boss 
Mrs. H. M. Ackerman 


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John MeLanghlin 83 

Mrs. Peter Lavin 38 

Philip Duel 

William B. Ford 94 

Henry Windrem 54 

Mrs. A. J. Ports 41 

Mrs. Clara P. Rabenau 45 

W. D. Perryhill 83 

DeWitt C. Clapp 


Mrs. Matilda Watts 86 

John Munkhof 67 

Joseph W. Hart 73 

Abraham Owen 89 

James Loney 61 

Joseph Shepherd 

Mrs. W. D. Leek 77 

George W. Emmons 63 


Mrs. Samantha McConnell 87 

Miss Elizabeth Jones .32 

Herbert S. Fairall 49 

Mrs. R. H. Allen 60 

James McKray 89 

J. E. Taylor 

Miss Lizzie Gatton 25 


Mrs. Helen Glick 63 

Justus H. Secor 

Matt Hamilik 52 

C. L. Mozier 76 

Peter M. Yoder 65 

Mrs. Joseph Kettlewell 82 

John Munkhof, Jr. 


J. G. Eckrich 73 

Mrs. Mary E. Griffith 52 

Edward Freeman 

A. H. Brown 88 

JoHf-ph Unash 

S. A. Barnes 80 


Mrs. J. J. Roessler 65 

Mrs. George Hertz 

Mrs. Wm. Zimmerman 78 

Christian Eppenbaugh 

Miss Isabelle Williams 73 

Mrs. Eliza H. Brainerd 86 

Abraham Hemsworth 81 

Mrs. Wm. J. Haddock 61 


Mrs. S. H. Fairall 71 

Mrs. H. E. Ely 36 

Mrs. Charles Dalkhe 65 

Austin Cole 88 

William Slater 26 

Henrj'^ Biebesheimer 46 

William Parsons 


Robert Bruce 72 

Jonathan Lengle 

Mrs. Pauline Stanoshek 76 

A. Sunier 

Wm. J. Huff 61 

Mrs. Lorimer Douglas 66 


Fred Renger 87 

Mrs. Wm. Rowland 85 

Mrs. Zachariah Smith 80 

Frank Shalla 86 

Mrs. Jas. M. May 35 

James Grolmus 40 

A. W. Leo 45 


Mrs. Martha Ranney 82 

Oliver Startsman 80 

Joseph Pudil 68 

Jas B. Henderson 77 

.L G. Eckrich 73 

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August, 1907. 

David E. Pryce 
Charles Smith 
Mrs. N. Oakes . 
Mrs. John Lentz 

81 S. M. Osmond 

William Lithgow . . . 
76 Mrs. Bartley Gordon 

Michael Beeeher . . . 


The following item in regard to a long time citizen of 
the county is taken from the Republican: 

The oldest man in Fremont township, now that Samuel 
Hinkley has been called to his reward, is John W. Jayne. 
He is a pioneer of the state and county and has a record 
to his credit the equal of which has been attained by few 
men. On the 28th of January, 1908, he started in upon his 
89th year. He was in the city yesterday and walked about 
in the snow storm with as much courage as is shown by 
men of half his age. 

Mr. Jayne is engaged in the insurance business and 
from the first day of last February to yesterday, one year, 
he wrote a little in excess of half a million of fire insurance, 
mostly on farm property, which required much driving 
about the country. He says that his January business this 
year is the largest for the month he has ever had. 

Mr. Jayne all his life has been an extensive and intelli- 
gent reader. He has a fine private library, covering lit- 
erary, scientific, historical and biographical works, many of 
them rare books of much value. He studies geography and 
has a wonderful faculty of remembering what he reads, 
what he hears and what he sees. He can name the counties 
in every state in the union in their order. When asked 
what good this was to him and why he learned such a thing, 
he said it was because he could not help it. He studies 
geography to know about the country and about the world 
and after looking over a state map he has a complete out- 
line of the map engraved upon his memory. He says when 



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lie shuts his eyes and thinks of the state of Texas, for in- 
stance, the outlines of the state, the counties, the rivers and 
the cities are as clear in his mind as when he opens his eyes 
and looks at the map. 

Eeferring to his physical condition, Mr. Jayne says he 
never did his work with greater ease and with better feel- 
ing than during the past year. ^'I never felt better phys- 
ically in my life, than I do now and I experience no diffi- 
culty in traveling about. I think my memory is as good 
now as it ever was. I read and retain the thoughts ex- 
pressed with perfect clearness. 

Mr. Jayne lives in Lone Tree and a son about sixty 
years of age is his companion. 

In the Republican an old citizen tells of seeing Lafayette 
in 1830: 

John M. Anson, who lives north of the city, probably 
enjoys the distinction of being the only man living west of 
the Mississippi, perhaps in this country, who saw and spoke 
with the Marquis de la Fayette, renowned in the early his- 
tory of this country in her fight for independence from the 
rule of Great Britain. Mr. Anson is now ninety years old 
and it was in the fourteenth year of his age and in the 
eightieth of the Marquis' that he saw the latter in the town 
of Wasseloome, department de Bas-Ehin, or department of 
the lower Ehine. Mr. Anson's description is peculiarly 
graphic and interesting. He was born in the town of West- 
hofen in Alsace, France, and was attending school there as 
a lad. Word was received that King Louis Philippe, ac- 
companied by Lafayette, was on his way to Strassburg. 
Alsace was still a French province and preparations were 
accordingly made to do honor to the king and his company. 
Delegations from the schools of the surrounding towns 
were made up of school children under the age of fourteen 
years and they proceeded to the town of Wasseloome to 

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meet the king and do homage to him. Mr. Anson was one 
of the boys chosen from his school in Westhofen. When 
they arrived in Wasseloome they were about fifty in num- 
ber and the girls were drawn up in one line and the boys 
in another. Soon the royal carriage bearing the king and 
Lafayette appeared drawn by magnificent horses. They 
dismounted and approached the children, the king taking 
the girls' row and Lafayette the boys. Mr. Anson describes 
him as an old man about eighty years old somewhat cor- 
pulent, wearing a long white beard yet carrying himself 
with the erect carriage peculiar to military life. He passed 
from one lad to another, shook hands with him, a custom 
Mr. Anson thinks the Marquis learned in this country, pat- 
ted him on the head and expressed the hope that all would 
make soldiers worthy of the name and honor of France. 
In the meantime the king, whom Mr. Anson describes as a 
lady's man, busied himself with the little girls, some of 
whom he kissed, manifesting other evidences of an affec- 
tionate nature. At the conclusion of the ceremonial of 
receiving the children delegates the king and Lafayette 
mounted their carriage and departed on their way to Strass- 
burg. One salient feature of Lafayette's wearing apparel 
which Mr. Anson noted was the tri-cocked hat which dis- 
tinguished Napoleon and the soldiers of the empire and 
such a hat as this the Marquis wore on the occasion of the 
event described. Mr. Anson's future wife was at Paris 
when Lafayette died four years later and her husband 
states that she saw over eighty thousand people at the last 
rites for the beloved soldier. 

In spite of his ninety years, Mr. Anson is still able to be 
about although his hearing is failing somewhat. His sight 
is as keen as ever. He writes a remarkably steady hand. 
It may be of interest to note that he is one of the surviving 
members of the famous 37th Iowa Volunteers, known as 
the Grey Beard regiment because nearly all the men were 
advanced in years. He was a member of company D. 

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Iowa Cityans generally will be interested to know that 
just fifty years ago this afternoon, January 1, 1858, M. W. 
Davis, the druggist, took possession of the building in 
which he is now located. He has occupied this site ever 

Mr. Davis' record is perhaps unsurpassed in the state, 
and in the half century of business he has seen great 
changes wrought in the city. 

The description which Mr. Davis gives of Iowa City in 
1857 is very interesting and shows how conditions are al- 
tered, and how primitive in a sense were the old methods. 

Between the Metropolitan block, the building in which 
Mr. Davis is now located, and the Johnson County Bank 
corner there were nothing but frame buildings and shacks, 
this condition applying to the other side of the street as 
well. East of the Metropolitan block there were other frame 
structures, but where Maresh Bros, establishment now 
stands there was a long building that reached to the alley, 
in which the firm of Daniels & Co. was located. This was 
regarded as out of the business part of the city. Ten or 
twelve teams daily came into the city from points all 
around within a radius of 150 miles and loaded up with dry 
goods and provisions from the Daniels store. It must be 
remembered that this was the terminus then of the Rock 
Island railroad and as a consequence Iowa City had a very 
large trade from all the outlying districts. 

Dubuque street was a line of shacks and the business 
center was located near the St. James hotel. 

All communication with the north, west, and south was 
made by stage coach, and the Western Stage company had 
its barns and shops located on Jefferson street in Block 25. 
A dozen stage coaches were to be seen there at a time and 
the stages carried mail, passengers, and express. 

John M. (Jarlcton was mayor in 1857. Dubuque street 

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had some business buildings, including the Republican of- 
fice, but was mostly devoted to residences. This was the 
year in which the state capital was moved to Des Moines, 
and the State University was located here. 

Had Mr. Davis left Iowa City at the time he started in 
business here, and returned today, he would have difficulty 
in recognizing the place, except through the old capitol and 
a few other landmarks. 

Mr. Davis has been in business longer than this record 
indicates, for he moved to his present location from the 
Brossart building on Clinton street, half way between 
"Washington street and Iowa avenue. On the third floor of 
the Metropolitan building was a dance hall and place of as- 
sembly, and many exciting tales are told of the encounters 
between copperheads and federal supporters during the 
strenuous days of the war. 

Mr. Davis' many friends will unite in wishing many 
more years added to those which he has spent in active life.